Employees are the greatest asset of any company, upon which competitive advantage is built - but they are also one of the largest cost factors. Every business leader should think about on whether we are doing all we can, to preserve this investment and whether we are making the most of our employees' potential.
Grant Thornton Baltic OÜ advised German company RAUMEDIC AG on the acquisition of aktsiaselts A&G. RAUMEDIC AG is a leading developer and manufacturer of systems and components and a partner to medical and pharmaceutical industries. Core business of aktsiaselts A&G is production of medical supplies.
From 2017, Estateguru has expanded outside Estonia to offer real estate investment opportunities in the other Baltic states and elsewhere in Europe. With rapid growth taking place, it started to improve and change the company’s risk management system, which led to a need for an internal auditor.
Financial services are one of the most strictly regulated business areas. It is to be expected that every financial service provider must have an internal auditor, be it a paid staff member or outsourced service. ESTO Group, a credit provider founded in 2017 that expended to Latvia and Lithuania in 2021, went the outsourcing route and partnered with Grant Thornton Baltic for internal audit services.
With everything else that is happening in the world, the pandemic era is starting to fade from memory. But remote working is here to stay. That is borne out by the new Occupational Healthcare and Safety Act that entered into force on 19 November 2022, which lays down a more specific framework for employee and employer responsibilities in remote work arrangements.
For Grant Thornton Baltic OÜ, the 2021/2022 season in Estonia was very successful - our turnover increased by 24% compared to the previous financial year. The impressive growth took us to the second place in the ranking of auditing companies compiled by business newspaper Äripäev.
An Estonian health tech Robus Group AS will be holding its initial public offering on the Nasdaq First North alternative market in April. Grant Thornton Baltic made a contribution to Robus going public, conducting the audit of the company’s financial statements.
On 22 December 2021, the European Commission introduced a draft of a minimum tax directive designed to impose on large corporations an obligation to pay at least 15% income tax on profit. The establishment of a minimum tax limits tax competition between countries and is one of the international measures for preventing tax avoidance.
Sustainability is receiving increasing attention in both business plans and the speeches of politicians. Grant Thornton also focuses on sustainability issues in advising organizations and we are happy to share our experiences and thoughts with you.
After leaping back strongly from the darkest days of the pandemic, the global mid-market could only manage a small additional step forward in the second half of 2021, as tracked by the Global business pulse, Grant Thornton’s index of health among mid-sized companies. At 1.2, the index score is now within sight of pre-COVID health levels (3.4), but there is still some way to go for a full recovery.
Conversing with Tarmo Rahkama, his desire for challenges and excitement quickly becomes plain. He talks passionately about his career as a sworn auditor, doing packaging audits and being a track and field (athletics) umpire. The conservation also swings to the subject of the best recent theatre productions and tennis.
Video surveillance is used on streets, vehicles, shops, offices – pretty much everywhere. Whenever anyone leaves home – and as soon as they close the door behind them – they can wind up on someone else’s camera footage. Even when hiking in the woods, it’s possible to be captured by a wildlife camera.
From 1 January 2022, the Estonian Value-added Tax Act will have a new section, 291, setting forth the conditions on the basis of which taxable persons can reduce their tax liability on bad debts. This is a long-awaited addition to Estonian tax law that has previously been discussed but has not gone beyond the draft legislation stage.
A wisely selected supervisory board – one that doesn’t do its work only at meetings but lays down clear strategic goals for management and itself and meters them constantly, while serving as a mentor for executives – can contribute greatly to achieving solid business results.